Predator Launches 10 Ball World Tour in Anadia, Portugal
After much anticipation, the Predator International 10-Ball Tour is coming to Europe. The first event will take place at the Sport Complex in Anadia, Portugal from September 10-12, 2009. With players from all over the world competing on 21 tables, this inaugural event promises to be the largest ever on European soil. The top two finishers will automatically qualify for the World 10 Ball Championship, scheduled for November 25-30, 2009 at the World Trade Center in Manila.
The event is sanctioned by the European Pocket Billiard Federation and WPA rules will govern all matches. Assuming 64 or more entrants, players will compete for a guaranteed prize fund of 50,000 euros (more than $70,000).
Predator’s tour web site, www.Predator10Ball.com, will stream live video, offer a video magazine and provide real-time scoring. In addition, ESPN STAR Asia and Eurosport International will air the final and semi-finals in high definition. The first channel reaches 150 million households throughout Asia while the latter represents the largest viewing audience in Europe with more than 116 million households. According to Karim Belhaj, CEO of Predator Group, “an estimated 500 million people will tune into this event.”
Predator Group’s partner, the multimedia Kozoom Corp. that also produces the Tour’s official web site, shares Mr. Belhaj’s enthusiasm. Xavier Carrer, states that “It is our goal to bring pool & billiards to the widest audience possible; it is an achievement in itself to see that this Tour has enough assets for Eurosport to show it on their main network.” Masterpool and Bilhares Carrinho have also been heavily involved in setting up the Anadia tour stop.
“This is a seminal event and we’re excited to see it take off,” says Belhaj. “We’re committed to promoting our sport, increasing interest in the game and making billiards more of a household word. This tour represents a giant step in that direction.”
Stay tuned to www.Predator10Ball.com for additional news and live-play coverage.